LITHIA, FLA. – One of the largest model homes ever built at FishHawk Ranch is under way as Custom Craft Homes begins construction of 4,766-square-foot Carmel design by Arthur Rutenberg in The Preserve neighborhood of this award-winning community, east of Interstate 75.
According to Ernie Lashlee, president of Custom Craft Homes – an independently owned franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes – The two-story Carmel – expected to cost more than $1 million – is a new, five-bedroom, five-bath estate design with a den, club room and media room. It is expected to open in the spring.
After crossing the motor court with three-car garage, guests will pass the covered 21-foot-high covered entry and enter the home through its double front doors. Inside, the foyer is open to the 11-by-16-foot formal dining room on one side, while the 17-by-19-foot formal living room with 13-foot-high ceiling and direct lanai access is ahead.
To one side of the living room is an entrance to the den, and beyond that is a private hallway leading to the master suite. The 14-by-19-foot master bedroom overlooks the pool and lanai, while a hallway flanked by his-and-her walk-in closets leads to the luxury master bath. Here, there are two dressing and vanity areas separated by a large garden tub. But the bath’s centerpiece is a double-entry wraparound shower bathed in natural sunlight from a bank of clerestory windows.
On the other side of the living room … past a winding staircase … is the home’s gourmet island kitchen and glass-walled breakfast area that are open to the 17-by-18-foot leisure room. Just off the kitchen is a guest suite with private bath. Outside the leisure room is a wraparound lanai and covered cabana with an outdoor kitchen.
Upstairs is the home’s entertainment nerve center featuring a 16-by-19-foot clubroom (with vaulted ceiling) adjoining a state-of-the-art, 12-by-16-foot media room. There also are three bedrooms (one with a covered balcony) and two baths.
The Carmel is one of more than 50 Arthur Rutenberg floor plans offered by Custom Craft Homes in The Preserve. They start at 3,650 square feet of living space and are priced from $700,000 including homesite in The Preserve.
Custom Craft Homes is an award-winning independent franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes that was founded more than two decades ago by Stuart Sierra and Lashlee. Together, they have more than a half-century of home-building experience, delivering more than 3,000 homes worth nearly $1 billion.
Based in Tampa, Fla., Custom Craft Homes has been named the Arthur Rutenberg Homes Builder of the year three times and currently offer an extensive portfolio of residential designs from Arthur Rutenberg.
Aside from The Preserve, Custom Craft currently builds in the Hillsborough County communities of Avila, Doe Creek Reserve, Ladera, Lithia Ranch, Starling at FishHawk Ranch and Waterstone Estates. In Pasco County, it builds in Sunset Lakes.
For more information on Arthur Rutenberg homes built by Custom Craft Homes at The Preserve at FishHawk Ranch, contact Chuck Hudson at (813) 685-4015 or visit Custom Craft’s model center at Chapman Crossing in FishHawk Ranch.